Asus Maximus II Formula motherboard review

As had been anticipated for quite some time, Intel released its 4 series chipsets last month

This new series which include the X48, G45, G43, P45 and P43 Express have been designed to couple Intel's own Core 2 processors, and as you will see in a moment, resemble a lot its '3' series predecessors.

Codenamed Eaglelake, the P45 is the mainstream offering in the 4 series.

This partly new chipset will support upcoming Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors using a bumped 1600MHz Front Side Bus - current Core 2s use either a 800MHz, 1066MHz or 1333MHz FSB.

In terms of features, the P45 can easily impress primarily due to the inclusion of the ICH10R south bridge.

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